Join Solos on an exciting city break to Valencia – once called the ‘City of Joy’.
Spain’s third largest city is widely regarded as the birthplace of paella, with some referring to it as the current resting place of the Holy Grail.
It is a wonderous metropolis to experience and enjoy, with the added thrill of visiting at a time of the spectacular finale to the Grand Valencia Fair; the ‘Battle of Flowers’.
Join your fellow solo travellers to explore the Ciutat Vella – Valencia’s historical centre. We’ll stroll through an atmospheric tangle of narrow lanes and orange tree-lined plazas to uncover some of the city’s key attractions, including the Cathedral, the UNESCO listed ‘La Lonja de la Seda’ (Old Silk Exchange) and colourful and curious Central Market.
We will also visit the futuristic ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ with its picturesque surrounding parklands – one of the most prestigious and well-known sites of modern architecture in Europe.
So with exquisite architecture both ancient and modern, beautiful parklands, amazing culture and world-famous cuisine, this captivating Spanish gem of a city is definitely a place you should include on your travel wish list.
Welcome to Valencia! Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel by private coach.
When evening comes, we gather to enjoy a welcome drink before having dinner in a local restaurant.
Today we discover the beautiful city of Valencia. After breakfast, we meet our English speaking guide at our hotel and will then commence a walking tour of the historic city centre where we will see the most important buildings and monuments of the city: the North Railway Station, the towers of Serranos and Quart, the Market Hall with its over 900 stalls, La Lonja (The Silk Exchange) a UNESCO World Heritage, the Round Square, the Cathedral, the Square of the Virgin, the exterior of the Basilica and the Government Palace.
We make a stop in a typical Horchatería, a café that produces the Valencian speciality, almond milk (Horchata).
After breakfast we will explore the famous City of Arts and Sciences. Created in 1998 by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, this avant-garde complex comprises various avant-garde buildings with various leisure facilities on 350,000 m2. Here visitors can immerse themselves in three different atmospheres. On the one hand in the underwater world of the great aquarium ‘L’Oceanografic’, on the other hand in the ‘L’Emisferic’, and the ‘L’Umbracle’;.
The ‘Oceanografìc’ is home to around 50,000 marine animals, belonging to 500 different species, which you can spot from the 70 metre long acrylic tunnel. And right next door, you’ll find the impressive Science Museum.
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and say goodbye before transferring to the Valencia airport for our return flight home.
This modern design hotel is set next to the Turia Gardens, within a 15-minute walk of Valencia Cathedral. Sitting in the heart of the pedestrian zone of the city it is at just 600m from the Colon Metro Station and 1.5 km from the famous City of Arts and Sciences.
The hotel offers room service, a concierge, and a coffee shop, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a fitness center and a lounge.
The Hotel Dimar’s air-conditioned rooms have elegant décor and wooden flooring. Each stylish room has tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV, minibar and a private bathroom with amenities and a hairdryer.
The transfer from Valencia Airport to our Hotel Dimar is approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.
The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart casual. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £20.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.
A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling.
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